READING Mark 2:23-28
The Pharisees were starting to get fed up. It seemed like everywhere they turned, there was Jesus, healing someone, upending the political and religious system they had so carefully cultivated, and calling them out on their hypocrisy. Instead of recognizing His authority, the Pharisees turned their attention to trying to catch Jesus in violation of the Law. However, they couldn’t do it. In this instance, they accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath. But as He does, Jesus revealed the heart of the Law. He explained that the Sabbath was designed as an act of love for God’s creation – a way to make sure we take a break and have a moment to refocus our eyes on what (and Who) truly matters. These insights turned the Pharisees’ world upside down, and their fear of losing their power lit the spark under what would become the greatest act of love and sacrifice the world would ever know.
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”